Red Raiders Fall To 13th-Ranked Oklahoma, 5-2|
April 21, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma's Daniel McCutchen allowed just two runs on eight hits over eight innings of work to lead the 13th-ranked Sooners to a 5-2 series opening win on Friday evening in front of a season-high crowd of 4,407 at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech's overall record to 26-15-1 and its Big 12 record to 6-8-1. Oklahoma improves to 30-10 overall and 9-4 in league play and has now won eight-straight games.
Oklahoma took advantage of a rocky start by Tech redshirt freshman Miles Morgan by plating two runs in the top of the first inning. Morgan hit the first batter of the game and then loaded the bases on back-to-back walks. Third baseman Ryan Rohlinger plated the first run with a sacrifice fly to right and first baseman Kevin Smith scored the final run with a base hit to left.
Tech answered the OU scoring in the bottom half of the first when junior designated hitter Tyler Reves laced an RBI double to the gap in left-center field. Reves' double scored freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick who reached on a two-out single.
McCutchen settled down over the next five innings as he held the Red Raider offense to just three hits in that stretch. The Sooners scored two runs in the top of the fifth and then extended their lead to 5-1 in the top of the seventh.
Tech scored its final run of the game in the bottom half of the seventh on an RBI groundout by center fielder Brian Capps. Tech led off the inning with a single by James Leverton and a double by Willie Rueda to set up the RBI opportunity for Capps.
The Red Raiders threatened in the bottom of the ninth as Leverton and Rueda got on with no outs and forced the Sooners to go to their bullpen. OU closer Will Savage put the clamps down on Tech's threat as he retired the next three batters to earn his eighth save of the season.
Daniel McCutchen improved to 6-5 with the win while Miles Morgan fell to 5-5 after taking the loss. Morgan surrendered four runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings of work.
Texas Tech will try and even this three-game series on Saturday evening when Tech and OU meet for game-two at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast by Cox Sports Television (Cox Cable Channel 9 in Lubbock).